WTU settles “excessed” teachers case
DC teachers will be getting over $5 million in back pay, thanks to a settlement between the Washington Teachers' Union(WTU) and DCPS, WTU president Elizabeth Davis reports. “It has taken several years of litigation and negotiation to reach this point,” Davis said, “but we believe this represents an excellent result for the affected teachers.” The settlement is a result of the union’s grievance involving teachers fired – or “excessed” -- in 2010 by then-Chancellor Michelle Rhee. Under the settlement agreement, each teacher who was terminated by DCPS as a result of this excessing will be entitled to compensation ranging from $38,000 to $105,000, depending on when the teacher was terminated and the teacher’s years of service at DCPS. “It has been an honor for WTU to pursue a remedy for DCPS’s unlawful actions in the 2010 excessing case and several other cases,” said Davis. “I am pleased that we were able to bring this matter to a successful conclusion for all teachers affected.”
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